An event which demystifies intellectual property (IP) and illustrates the potential positive and negative impact it has on businesses, is coming to the region next week.

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is running a free session for the region’s digital industries at the Business & IP Centre Newcastle, to help them better protect and make use of their IP.

The IPO workshop on Wednesday 5 November at Newcastle City Library has been expertly adapted specifically for the digital industry.  It will help delegates gain a better understanding of trademarks, patents, copyright, designs and confidentiality.

To help delegates really understand the industry and how it is relevant to their business, the audience will be placed into small teams facing five different scenarios. Working together they are taken through each scenario answer by the IP speaker.

The event will conclude with a short presentation from local patent attorneys, Archer-IP. As specialists in protecting IP for software and digital businesses, they will also answer any questions from the audience.

Luke Burton manager of the Business & IP Centre Newcastle, said: “We look forward to welcoming business advisers and companies from the digital sectors, along to the workshop. Many companies do not realise how important IP is to their sustainable success, so events of this nature are key to helping both safeguard and grow our region’s commercial operations.”

The free event takes place on Wednesday 5 November, from 9am-1pm, at the Business & IP Centre Newcastle, Bewick Hall, City Library level 2. To register go to Eventbrite.

The Partnership delivering the Business & IP Centre Newcastle is made up of Newcastle City Council, Newcastle Science City, Northumbria University and the British Library, with support from the European Regional Development Fund.